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Alexander Edward Tatham Murray and family

Newspaper report of burglary at their home in Penang, 21 Jun 1919


$25,000 Worth of Jewels Stolen in Penang

It had been arranged that on Sunday Mr. and Mrs A. E. T.Murray and family should leave the house which they have long occupied on Northam Road and take up residence at "Spring Grove", Sepoy Lines, says the Pinang Gazette. The last night in their old home was destined to be one of unforgettable memories.

Shortly after 11 p.m. all had retired, and soon after midnight it was discovered that a burglar or burglars had entered the bedroom of Mr. amd Mrs. Murray, opened a safe which stood beside the baby's crib quite close to the other beds, and decamped with one of the most beautiful and valuable collections of jewellery owned by any European lady in Penang, valued at between $20,000 and $25,000, including over a dozen diamond and other rings, pendants, brooches, etc., as well as a certain amount of money. $80 in an envelope and a few smaller articles of minor value were missed, but speaking generally a clean sweep was made of the contents of the safe so far as Mrs. Murray's jewellery was concerned. It is significant, as suggesting a professional touch, that out of half a dozen studs four gold ones were taken, the two left behind being only rolled. Silver articles were ignored, and the room was strewn with securities and papers.

The safe was opened by means of keys left on the bedroom dressing table, and the thief or thieves gained entrance to the room by ascending a disused servants staircase at the back of the house, thence walking along the parapet and clambering over the window sill of Miss Tiny Hilton's room, which adjoins her mother's. This young lady, as well as other inmates, showed symptoms of having been choroformed or doped in some other way. It was her calls for assistance on awakening and feeling sick about 1 a.m. that roused the household and led to the discovery of the burglary.

Mr. Murray immediately searched the house and found that the downstairs doors, etc., were locked and no trespasser was on the premises. He immediately drove in his car to the police station, and prompt steps were taken in connection with the case by the police. Unfortunately nothing definite has transpired which gives hope of the recovery of the jewels or the arrest of the thieves.

[Straits Times, 25 Jun 1919]

Owner of originalStraits Times
Date25 Jun 1919
Linked toAda Margaret May Findlay (Event); Alexander Edward Tatham Murray (Event)

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